By Doreen Valiente
What's the courting of the Bible to Witchcraft? What are Fairies, and Magical Alphabets? What have been the hyperlinks among Druidism and Witchcraft? An ABC of Witchcraft covers those topics and plenty of extra from the well-informed and mild standpoint of working towards witch, Doreen Valiente.Arranged in alphabetical order for simple reference, the publication discusses over one hundred twenty five topics which can obstacle somebody wishing to grasp extra approximately this historical pagan faith. different issues contain Atlantis, Witches' Familiars, Dancing, fireplace Magic, Flying Ointments, Horses and Witchcraft, Initiations, Love Charms, Royalty and its reference to witchcraft, etc., etc., with as much as numerous pages on every one subject.Both the layman and skilled practitioner will locate this e-book relaxing and fascinating!Over 30,000 bought!
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This was mentioned in Focus on the Unknown, by Alfred Gordon Bennett (Riders, London, 1 953). Today, a number of occult societies, quite unconnected with the witch cult, regard the Tor as an ancient sacred place, and occasionally meet there. Glastonbury is sacred to both pagan and Christian. An old poem called the "Prophecy of Melkin, or Maelgwyn" , tells us that A val on was the great burial-place of pagans, before Joseph of Arimathea came there and founded the first British Church of Celtic Christianity.
His horns and hoofs are emblems of "natural energies and fleet-footed freedom" ; his pipes "a symbol of magic and mystery". Only people who projected on to him their own malice and frustration regarded him as the Devil. Her coven sometimes worked naked, and sometimes wore robes and hoods. They also made use of masks, representing various animals ; a practice that was found in some of the old European covens. Each i nitiate took an oath of allegiance to the deities of the coven in an old ceremonial posture, kneeling with one hand on the crown of the head and the other beneath the sole of one foot.
MacGregor Mathers, in The Kabbalah Unveiled (Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1957), has pointed out how the translators of the Bible have "smothered up" and glossed over every reference to the fact that God is both mascu line and feminine. This was, of course, done to establish the patriarchal conception of God the Father, with femininity regarded, after the Pauline fashion, as something inferior if not actually evil. However, in the Ancient East the highest deities were sometimes represented in androgynous form.
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